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BBC News – Dalek Designer Ray Cusick dies aged 84

BBC News Ray Cusick dies aged 84

Ray Cusick, who designed the original Daleks on the BBC’s Doctor Who, dies aged 84

From BBC News…

Doctor Who Dalek designer Ray Cusick dies after illness

Daleks from Dr Who Dr Who first aired in 1963

The designer of the Daleks from the BBC’s Doctor Who has died aged 84 after a short illness, his daughter has said.

Former BBC designer Ray Cusick died of heart failure in his sleep on Thursday, Claire Heawood added.

The Daleks became the iconic villains in cult science fiction series Doctor Who, which is due to mark its 50th anniversary with events this year.

Mr Cusick, from Horsham, West Sussex, leaves two daughters and seven grandchildren, his family said.



  • McGann is the Doctor

    February 27th, 2013 - 9:30am

    While I am saddend to hear of his death, I am glad that he will atleast be rememberd as the man who designed the Daleks.

    Terry Nation had the rights, but it was really this man we owed their creation to.

    • The Moffat Paradox

      February 27th, 2013 - 8:53pm

      And to think that for his efforts he was paid a one off sum by the BBC in 1963 of £250 or about £4000 and odds in today’s money instead of getting any share of royalties from merchandising.He probably should have been worth a million or three at least for the design.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      February 28th, 2013 - 1:03pm

      Absolutely, such a scandal.

      Tom Baker brought it up in a DWM interview not so long ago and I was shocked, specially when I found out it was true.

      But hey, the best thing is to be rememberd for it.

  • Sebatron

    February 26th, 2013 - 10:09am

    Forget Davros, you were the true creator and master of the Dalek Race.
    Rest In Peace.
    You will live on in the Daleks.

  • Dalek Sec

    February 26th, 2013 - 5:39am

    Thats really creepy, i was just thinking about how Cusick should have been more credited for his creations. This man made Doctor Who twice as good as it is, with the best pepperpots in the universe.
    RIP, you shall be immoralized forever along with the supremacy of the Daleks.


    February 24th, 2013 - 9:46pm

    R.I.P Ray. How unfortunate you won’t see the 50th Year of your creations. You will never be forgotten.


      February 25th, 2013 - 8:34am

      I thinking that myself last night. Hope we don’t lose anyone else of great importance to Doctor Who during this 50th Anniversary year.

  • obsie

    February 24th, 2013 - 6:21pm

    Sad news of Ray Cusick’s passing. R.I.P my friend. Thank you for making all of us friends of The Daleks and loving every minute of it. You will never be forgotten and I hope you will be remembered properly in the forthcoming
    anniversary special. You have taken you rightful place in the Dalek universe!

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    February 24th, 2013 - 6:03pm

    Rip mate. U started a legend, and ur one too!

  • Steampunk Doctor

    February 24th, 2013 - 5:29pm

    R.I.P To an amazing man , so unfortunate especially on the 50th anniversary year.

  • john who

    February 24th, 2013 - 4:19pm

    R.I.P Ray cusick-the creator of the greatest monsters ever

  • the astronaut of death

    February 24th, 2013 - 3:21pm

    RIP Ray Cusick you disignd the best monster in doctor who history

  • drwhofan4ever

    February 24th, 2013 - 1:33pm

    R.I.P ray cusick. the amazing and real creator of the dalek race

  • Prof Horner

    February 24th, 2013 - 1:01pm

    Sad news of about Ray Cusick. A true great of Doctor Who . rip.


    February 24th, 2013 - 11:52am

    R.I.P Ray, Dalek Designer.

  • CG

    February 24th, 2013 - 11:52am


  • The Silent Silent

    February 24th, 2013 - 11:05am


  • Mr Evil Fez

    February 24th, 2013 - 10:28am

    R.I.P Ray Cusick, a hero to all.

  • Anonymous

    February 24th, 2013 - 10:14am

    At least he’s in a better place. R.I.P.

  • The Supreme Dalek

    February 24th, 2013 - 10:10am

    RIP Ray. 🙁

  • Ryan

    February 24th, 2013 - 9:27am

    R.I.P. Ray… You are the true creator of the Daleks… And I doubt your legacy will ever be forgotten…

  • thedaleksdeath

    February 24th, 2013 - 8:55am

    R.I.P Ray Cusick designer of the Dalek 🙁

  • Adam

    February 24th, 2013 - 8:45am

    R.I.P ray


    February 24th, 2013 - 8:14am

    Rest in peace Ray, you should have been given all that money that Terry Nation clearly did NOT deserve, he thought them up, but you my friend created them really, inspired by a pepper pot, but turned that pepper pot into a killing machine of pure hatred that we all know and love –

    AS YOUR DALEKS !!!! 😀

    • MasterKasterborous

      February 24th, 2013 - 8:47pm

      Just a side note: Ray wasn’t ‘inspired’ by a pepper pot he just used one to demonstrate how he wished for them to move.

  • Doctor 909

    February 24th, 2013 - 8:05am

    R.I.P Ray Culsick. Your amazing creation shall live on. True creator of the daleks.

  • WFK DVD Collector 13

    February 24th, 2013 - 7:35am

    This news is very sad. Rest In Peace Ray.

  • cybertoa

    February 24th, 2013 - 7:26am

    he designed the a legend may he RIP

  • Trenzalore64- now ForeverDalek2313

    February 24th, 2013 - 12:51am

    R.I.P Ray Cusick, you were the true creator of the Daleks………. in you honor I shall rename myself back to ForeverDalek2313, may you rest in piece.

    • ForeverDalek2313 formally Trenzalore64

      February 24th, 2013 - 1:27am

      Memories most had of when they were young.
      His creations battle cries were gleefully sung.
      By those young kids who had once hid behind the sofa when they first exterminated.
      Now older and prouder of what you had created.
      Creatures of death.
      Green bubbles of hate.
      Creatures of genocide.
      Conditioned to kill and procreate.
      They were you brainchild.
      They were you kin.
      when you first pitched them.
      That is when their legend had to begin.
      And even now on heaven.
      I hope you will look and smile.
      As you creatures continue.
      To punish and defile.
      As they hunt down that doctor.
      The oncoming storm.
      Just seeing them come on to the screen was a feeling as warm.
      To know that they are the icons that they are today.
      And a hudred years from now what will they say?.
      That one man created them.
      One fantastic British man.
      Of your work I shall be forever a fan.
      Look out future here comes a Dalek.
      And they were created by Ray Cusick


      February 24th, 2013 - 8:55am

      Nicely well written tribute

    • ForeverDalek2313

      February 24th, 2013 - 10:43am

      Thank you very much.

    • Steampunk Doctor

      February 24th, 2013 - 5:30pm

      Awesome tribute poem !

    • Foreverdalek2313

      February 26th, 2013 - 9:03am

      Thank you.


    February 24th, 2013 - 12:51am

    R.i.p ray cusick without you the word “exterminate” would not be as popular as it is today

  • Esterath

    February 24th, 2013 - 12:14am

    RIP Raymond Cusick

    The Whoniverse now has a Dalek shaped hole left that can never be replaced. His designs were legendary. Without his creative and inspiring desgins, the Daleks would never have been the icons they are today. Thank you for shaping our childhood.

  • DalekTheSupreme

    February 24th, 2013 - 12:13am

    R.I.P., Ray Cusick. You designed a monster that was never meant to appear more than once, but became such a great idea it had to appear again and again.

  • joe

    February 23rd, 2013 - 11:44pm


  • pathdw98

    February 23rd, 2013 - 11:23pm

    r.i.p. ray cusick, the word genius is overused but in this case it is the only word to describe what he created and achieved.


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